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The CEO as Chief Geopolitical Officer

The CEO as Chief Geopolitical Officer

New report on the changing role of the CEO in today’s complex geopolitical environment



Marc Ennemann

Partner, Consulting, Head of Value Chain Transformation & Head of Alliance Management

KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft


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Today’s geopolitical environment is nothing like what we’ve seen in the past. CEOs are beholden to the outputs of an increasingly complex geopolitical system that moves at an accelerated pace, with few guardrails. Only by moving politics to the forefront of strategy, and personally being the point (wo)man for geopolitics can a CEO lead their organization to success in turbulent times.

In a world where global companies are assumed political entities and CEOs are de-facto political players, a new approach is required – one that elevates politics to the boardroom level, and puts CEOs in the position of the Chief Geopolitical Officer with specialized insights and stress-testing tools.

Through in depth research and a series of CEO interviews across industries and geographies, KPMG and Eurasia Group have joined forces to explore the evolving role of the CEO. This report identifies questions to be asked and proactive responses to be taken to help businesses successfully adapt to today’s geopolitical uncertainties.

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